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SummonedIdentification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood$
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Iddo Tavory

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226321868

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226322193.001.0001

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Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life

Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life

(p.60) Four Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life

Iddo Tavory

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the synagogue as a site of summoning. I trace different aspects of “Synagogue Life”—how it sets up Sabbath meals and friendships, the ways in which the micro-interactional structures of liturgy foster interaction, how the synagogue constructs and partakes in social dramas, and how people become personally necessary for public ritual. By tracing these different processes, I show the value of thinking about religious life through an interactional lens. Organizations give rise to multiple mechanisms that draw members into relationships and interaction, and thus a deeper sense of membership in the organization.

Keywords:   synagogue, liturgy, ritual, interaction, the gift, purity and danger

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